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And Another Thing


Things fall apart, or not

Speaking of Boise … on the surface, at least, everything worked out for the power brokers who run the fraud that is the BCS. Auburn rallied from 24 back to win and preserve (presumably) its No. 2 ranking; Boise lost and thereby removed the specter of a non-qualifier making its way into the BCS title game, thereby collecting a cut of the Big Paycheck the BCS was designed to reserve for the power conferences.

On the other hand … think about this: If Auburn loses and Boise wins, and Boise or TCU suddenly is in position to reach the title game, it might have been the best thing that ever happened to the BCS. Because if the people running it were smart, they wouldn’t have rigged the computers to keep Boise or TCU out. They would have let the system work, and forever after would have had a rebuttal to all of us who think the whole thing’s a scam to protect the financial bottom line of the power conferences.

“See?” they could have said. “The system works. It’s NOT rigged against the little guy. It gives everyone a fair shot.”

And we’d have never gotten rid of it.

Ben Smith's blog.